The writer and broadcaster Terence Blacker contributes a twice-weekly column on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues. He is the author of four novels, of prize-winning fiction for children, and has written a highly praised biography of the brilliant reprobate Willie Donaldson.
26 April 2015 07:00 PM
Today we know better than to believe in the fantasy that money give you better relationships, or makes you happy
18 March 2015 06:04 PM
The moaner used to be a joke figure – old and eccentric. Not any more
01 March 2015 06:07 PM
Most people these days do not think like winners, and the world is a better place for it
08 February 2015 06:08 PM
Perhaps the audience had simply failed to recognise that a joke had been intended
22 December 2014 11:39 AM
Freeman once told a young man that it was sensible to change one’s life as much as possible every decade, and he lived according to his own advice
23 November 2014 05:59 PM
No one has quite managed to pin a class image on Farage’s party
14 November 2014 06:08 PM
No contemporary writer of fiction should be afraid of writing about desire
26 October 2014 06:05 PM
Like arms dealers, politicians rather like fear. It makes the voters more biddable
28 September 2014 06:25 PM
We've reached a worrying moment in our history where anything awkward or ambiguous is deemed unworthy
24 August 2014 04:58 PM
Literature provides a more powerful and intimate experience than film or music
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
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- 2 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 3 Russell Brand backs Ed Miliband: 'You gotta vote Labour'
- 4 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 5 Uploading pictures to find out how old you are gives Microsoft the right to post them wherever they want